Plants: Courtright, Ontario
161 Bickford Line
Courtright, Ontario N0N 1H0, Canada
CF Industries’ Courtright complex is Ontario’s only nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing facility, providing vital crop nutrients for farmers throughout eastern Canada and the northern United States. The Courtright site is located on 700 acres south of Sarnia in St. Clair Township, and is close to the St. Clair River. Current annual production is 1.0 million tons, with 200 employees operating the plants continuously. The Courtright facility is an integrated system of plants based on a world class ammonia plant that incorporates energy saving technologies which result in best in class natural gas efficiencies.
The original plant construction was started in 1966, and saw a number of expansions and modifications over the years. Today, the site produces anhydrous ammonia from the Ammonia II plant, which came on stream in 1985, replacing the original Kellogg design plant. The urea plant was revamped in 1995 to a design from Urea Casale of Switzerland. The original two urea plants of 1966 and 1979 were combined to create a single unit. The urea liquor can either be granulated into granular urea or sold as urea liquor in various concentrations. Nitric acid is also produced from the anhydrous ammonia and then combined with the urea to form urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) solution. Most products leave the site either by rail or by truck.
The products produced at Courtright serve both agricultural and industrial customers throughout eastern Canada and the northeastern United States. Having both agricultural and industrial customers is a key advantage for Courtright. The high quality products manufactured at the Courtright complex are helping to keep the air clean, as well as helping farmers provide enough food to feed the current world population of 7 billion, expected to grow by another 2 billion by 2050.
CF Industries believes strongly in the safety of our employees and our communities. This emphasis on safety is a core value, at the very heart of our business. A relentless pursuit of an injury-free workplace is part of who we are and what we do every day, every hour, every minute.
In Canada, CF Industries has been instrumental in the development of a number of industry-led Codes of Practice for Canada’s fertilizer sector. In cooperation with the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI), Canada’s fertilizer sector has brought comprehensive self-governing codes including:
- The Ammonia Code—widely adopted with 430 ammonia retail sites in compliance, this code underscores the industry’s commitment to keeping Canadians safe. The first of its kind in the world for fertilizer, the code was adopted in 2011 and commits CFI members to ship no anhydrous ammonia to retail sites unless the sites are confirmed by a third party audit (conducted bi-annually).
- The Ammonium Nitrate Code—developed in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, this code suggests guidelines for CFI members regarding the handling of this product with the goal of being fully auditable by 2015.